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LEOPARD CALLED ARTEK SET A RECORD

04 december 2019
The Persian leopard has appeared on the radar. According to satellite monitoring data, Artek has spent 154 hours on the last cluster in the Otradniy district. That is the longest time ever observed. The reason for such a long stay was a very successful hunt.
People saw Artek a month and a half ago for the last time, having spent 27 hours on the cluster, located in the Mostovskiy district. Then the predator supposedly got chamois. However, this time the leopard surprised the members of the monitoring group as the time of stay at one location and the choice of its victim.


Arriving at the cluster, where the predator stayed for a record 154 hours, an employee of the Caucasian Reserve has found the remains of a large wild sow in a small clough, the slopes of which were covered with dense thickets of thorn and apple trees.

«Apparently, the victim was obtained while feeding apples, lying in abundance on the ground. The boar was an adult, head length is 44 cm, and age, probably at least 4-5 years, which is observed for the first time since leopards were introduced into the wild. Usually the boars victims were young», - said Sergey Trepet, research officer the Caucasian biosphere reserve, member of WWF-Russia monitoring group. 

Cluster area
(c) Sergey Trepet / WWF-Russia

«This fact suggests that the leopard has adapted perfectly in the wild, successfully implements hunting skills and is confident enough to get a large prey. It is important to note that Artek has never been seen by locals. All this suggests that the preparation of leopards for life in the wild in the Sochi National Park Breeding Facilities is fully consistent with the objectives of the Reintroduction Program. The chance of meeting a leopard is low, - explains Valery Shmunk, Director of the "Russian Caucasus" Ecoregional Office, WWF-Russia, - The victim was almost completely eaten, there were left only head eaten from the bottom part, skin and lower limbs. There was a den nearby, it can be assumed that it belonged to the leopard».

Skin, spine and limbs of the victim
(c) Sergey Trepet / WWF-Russia

The Program is implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation with the participation of the Sochi National Park, Caucasus (Kavkazsky) State Nature Biosphere Reserve, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow Zoo and WWF-Russia, and supported by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

Photo in the template: (с) Sergey Trepet / WWF-Russia.

For additional information please contact
Head of Caucasus Ecoregional Office